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Patient's Bill Soars as Health Law Program Falters
Bev Veals, dealing with advanced cancer, was in the hospital for chemo this summer when she got a call that her health plan was shutting down.
WASHINGTON- It sounds like one of those insurance horror stories President Barack Obama told to sell his health overhaul to Congress: Bev Veals, dealing with advanced cancer, was in the hospital for chemo this summer when she got a call that her health plan was shutting down.
Then, the substitute insurance she was offered wanted her to pay more than $3,000 - on top of premiums.
But Veals is covered by Obama's law - one of about 100,000 people with serious medical issues in a troubled program called the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan.
Political divisions over health care have blocked a fix, a bad omen for solving other problems that could surface with "Obamacare."
Veals said she felt she finally had something dependable "and somebody pulled the plug."